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Interferon Beta-1b

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Betaseron®;Extavia®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Betaseron®;Extavia®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat MS (multiple sclerosis).
    • Interferon beta-1b helps fight MS (multiple sclerosis).
    • It may lower the number of attacks and the disabilities.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Take at bedtime to help with flu-like signs.
    • Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose, brand, or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Beta interferons may cause or make diseases of the mind worse. Taking one's own life, ideas of killing yourself or murder, or low mood (depression) have happened with use. If you think you have any of these problems, call your doctor right away. Problems are most often fixed after you stop the drug. Very bad liver problems have been reported. Your doctor will watch you closely during the first 24 weeks of therapy.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to interferon beta-1b or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have thyroid disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating. Mild pain drugs may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Belly pain.
    • Low mood (depression).
    • Swelling in the arms or legs.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Any rash.
    • If you get pregnant while taking this drug.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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